November 30
Leaders pray
Pastor Mark Jeske

The prophet Samuel was pretty glum. After a long career riding a ministry circuit, advising Israel’s leaders, organizing resistance to the invading Philistines, and struggling with the people’s spiritual indifference, his time was coming to an end and he knew it.

The Israelites wanted a king like the other nations. They grew impatient with judges and priests as leaders. Samuel wished that they had simply let God be their king. He would have provided everything that they needed. In his farewell address, he reviewed some of their history, gave them some thoughtful advice, and added some warnings about pitfalls ahead. And he prayed for them. He really cared for those people. “The Lord was pleased to make you his own. As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you” (1 Samuel 12:22,23).

Spiritual leaders pray for the people whom God has called them to lead. Pastors pray, parents pray, teachers pray, and church board members pray. They know that in some way God has even more good things to bring to people’s lives—protection, resources, vision, abilities—and that just by asking they will release these blessings. Prayer reaches across great distances and connects us with God’s great agenda. People who pray often know that God is giving them a little of his influence on how things will go in the future.

Who needs your prayers today? How about right now? Yes?


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